Friday, July 01, 2011

Media's Blind Eye

IBD Editorials- 06/29/2011-

Bias: Have you heard the story about Rep. Dennis Kucinich praising Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? Why would you? After all, Kucinich is a Democrat, the one party the mainstream press is happy to cover for.

Kucinich, visiting Syria this week, has reportedly said that al-Assad, who's busy murdering his own people to quell opposition to his ruthless regime, is "highly loved and appreciated by the Syrians."

Had such a statement been made by a Republican, it would have been all over the news. But so far, it's caused just a few gentle ripples. Why bother chasing it down? Kucinich has already blamed translators for getting his statement wrong. What more do you need?
Then there's the other apparent nonstory of Rep. Laura Richardson. This week a watchdog group — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington — called for a criminal probe of the California Democrat, saying she illegally required congressional staff to help in her re-election. She should be a juicy target for a press digging for scandals. But apparently she doesn't rate.

And how about that campaign fundraising video President Obama filmed inside the White House? It could be a violation of election law. Or Obama's gaffe when he told soldiers at the 10th Mountain Division last week that he'd given the Medal of Honor to living war vet Jared Monti, who was actually killed in Iraq in 2006. But we can't expect reporters to cover such things when they're all chasing down Michele Bachmann's foster children.

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